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Intuitions of Punishment


Owen D. Jones


Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences

Robert Kurzban


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology

April 19, 2010

Chicago Law Review, Vol. 77, p. 1633, 2010
Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 10-18

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Recent work reveals, contrary to wide-spread assumptions, remarkably high levels of agreement about how to rank order, by blameworthiness, wrongs that involve physical harms, takings of property, or deception in exchanges. In The Origins of Shared Intuitions of Justice (http://ssrn.com/abstract=952726) we proposed a new explanation for these unexpectedly high levels of agreement.

Elsewhere in this issue, Professors Braman, Kahan, and Hoffman offer a critique of our views, to which we reply here. Our reply clarifies a number of important issues, such as the interconnected roles that culture, variation, and evolutionary processes play in generating intuitions of punishment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Crime, Criminal Law, Punishment, Core Wrongs, Justice, Intuitions of Justice, Culture, Evolution, Evolutionary Analysis in Law

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Date posted: April 19, 2010 ; Last revised: February 2, 2011

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Jones, Owen D. and Kurzban, Robert, Intuitions of Punishment (April 19, 2010). Chicago Law Review, Vol. 77, p. 1633, 2010; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 10-18. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1592413

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Owen D. Jones (Contact Author)
Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences ( email )
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
Robert Kurzban
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology ( email )
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6196
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